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Obviously a primer tool for kids who would grow up listening to hard rock, to condition their neck muscles to minimize the effects of "rock neck" in future years.
It's also freakin' hilarious....
Subject: Infectious commercial ...
... for a product that could have only come out during the post-war pre-hot-coffee-lawsuit days.
Joel VanAntwerp -
Subject: This has been done
You know, I've seen smaller versions of these. Although they were worn in pairs and were being swung around by Boom-Boom LaRue at the local Burlesque show!
I didnt win, Nora Coombs did -
Subject: Oh, me neck!
So yeah, I had one of these things. It's in a land fill now, somewhere is Michigan.
Subject: it's a fun thing!
LMAO! I have tears from laughing so hard! This has got to be the silliest commercial for the stupidest toy I have ever seen. However, it would appear elephants and monkeys like it. The monkey really applauds the boy swinging his swing wing, most likely because he sees a human acting more retarded than he ever will. 5 stars!
Bebe Gallini -
Subject: Maw....Billy's got a concussion again!
OMG! Never have I seen a sillier commercial, and I just can't stop watching it... over and over! LOL. You gotta love the simplicity of the contraption and its profound absurdity. Did you notice the monkey in the tree? Genius!
The Duke of Prunes -
Subject: This certainly is where the fun comes from
Everything about this advert from the begining to the end is ridiculous. I can't really say much more because everyone else has mentioned everything about this advert.
Keep an eye open for the boy trying to walk while rocking his head about like a spastic, that bit is particularly good.
Overall, this piece of film is absolutely hilarious, I highly recommend it.
Karma Hawk -
Subject: "It's a Wing Ding"
Insanely bizzare comercial with a catchy jingle. I would say more but thiers not a lot to say on this, I did notice how theirs no narrator to actually explain the product which is kind of odd. This commercial gets an extra point for having an Elephant that emulates a saxaphone with his nose.
I don't think that this toy could have been successful. In a more litigant world, I could see class action lawsuits for various degrees of whiplash, migraine headaches and dizziness popping up and growing like Topsy. I am fifty and I was probably at the target age when the ad came out. I know that I would have avoided any kid working this weird novelty product, let alone even considering owning one myself.
Subject: I'll repeat.. IT'S A WHAT??
Damn, that's all I can say.
Imagine a beanie, now put a tail of ribbons on it, you have the Swing Wing! Something I'm sure brought kids merriment either:
a) for a few minutes or
b) they did it till a massive clot developed into their heads.
After a while, I started just watching the kids convulse, not really paying attention to the swing wing, and without it, they look like they're having a grand seizure. A MUST SEE on this site!!
Cherokee Jack -
Subject: What in the world?
Toy or grand mal seizure simulator: you make the call. A tribute to early 60s marketing, trying to hype in essence a hoolahoop for your head as the next big thing. Be warned: the accompanying music is catchy and will get in your head and stay there like a bad sinus infection. Watch for the girl trying to dance while swinging this thing around stumble and almost fall at the 50 second mark. Had these poor kids been born 25 years later they could've had a Playstation instead.
Subject: it's a WHAT?
Whiplash-a-go-go! Trippy 60s music accompanying images of children having seizures. If Trans-o-gram is "where the fun comes from," it had better be where "the Thomas collars" come from, too. Bonus clapping gorilla!
Percy Dovetonsils -
Subject: What were they thinking?!?
This is a very amusing commercial for a very, very stupid product. It's a thing you wear on your head and swing around which seems as if it would give a kid whiplash in no time flat. The song is classic. ("It's a fun thing!". Yeah, right.) As is the girl who's eating a banana (!?) while swinging her Swing Winged head around.This is a probably a very collectible toy because they can't have made too many of them.
Steve Nordby -
Subject: It's a what?
A toy that will teach your kid how to move his/her head as if brain damaged. Yow! Lame toy, great spot.
Subject: Toy Joy
This ad appears to be from about '62-64, judging from the style. Its an amazingly dumb "toy" that is a hat with an arm that swings around when you shake your head.